43 Quality Gift Ideas for an Engineer (No Mugs)

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Looking for a special gift for an engineer in your life? Placing a high value on quality and thoughtfulness, these analytical problem solvers can be hard please. We’ve spent hours searching 100s of ideas to help you find the very best choices for every type of engineer. From stocking stuffers to birthday gifts, we’ve got you covered. Happy shopping.


While this might look like a kid’s kit, the Yahboom far more advanced than it appears. It is a robotics building platform compatible with Arduino or Raspberry Pi, and can be programmed in C and Python. Keep your engineer busy for hours on end with a mind-enhancing project.

$137.99 USD
$137.99 USD

This 176-page hardcover features stunning photos and historical context of the world’s greatest bridges. Spanning 2000 years of history from ancient Rome to the latest modern marvels, it will engross engineers and non-engineers alike.

$19.49 USD
$29.99 USD

This 200-card deck features a wide variety of pun prompts. The dealer reads off the prompts and the players compete against each other to deliver the most creative response.

$13.44 USD
$20.00 USD

Remember using mechanical pencils in school that chip off at the slightest dig? Using a special double spring technology, this pencil makes sure the lead doesn’t break no matter how you’re writing. Engineers will not only love its sturdiness, but appreciate the patent-pending technology that makes it work.

$15.45 USD
$17.36 USD

While made for the math-inclined, Prime Club does not require advanced calculus skills and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The goal is to navigate the spiral path to the center by rolling the right multiples to reach the end. Great for adults and kids alike, Prime Club is the recipient of several awards.

$28.95 USD
$35.00 USD

An ideal gift for a computer engineer, this blue screen of death shirt is sure to be a hit. A great conversation starter, he or she is sure to get lots of compliments. Looking for more computer-related gifts? Check out our full list.

$15.95 USD
$15.95 USD

Does your engineer do a lot of field work? This rugged messenger bag is designed for outdoor work, with a laptop compartment, multiple pockets for tools, water bottles and more. A great alternative to carrying around a bulky, messy backpack where items slide around and get dirty.

$36.51 USD
$77.99 USD

Before Silicon Valley, the New Jersey-based Bell Labs was the epicenter of many American innovations. The transistor, laser, and early digital communications are among the inventions conceived here. This NY Times bestseller tells the fascinating tale of Bell Labs and the amazing engineers who worked there.

$6.07 USD
$19.00 USD

Put together a small working catapult with this kit modeled on Leonardo da Vinci’s design. The pieces are pre-cut and glue is included. A great idea for a budding engineer.

$18.99 USD

This scale-model of the Golden Gate Bridge makes a great product for an engineer who loves putting things together. Comes with detailed instructions and as a more advanced model, it is appropriate for teens to adults. Makes a classy home decoration once complete. Made in the USA.

$20.00 USD
$20.00 USD

Recommended as a top 10 book for engineering students, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything is the perfect gift idea to give a budding engineer perspective on life and using one’s skills for good in the world.

$10.89 USD
$28.00 USD

This laser cut wooden robot is one of the coolest, relatively unknown products we’ve found. A great idea for an engineer and his kids, the robot is named Orpheus and he turns into a music box once complete. Takes 5-10 hours to assemble and comes in over 200 pieces.

$19.62 USD
$32.99 USD

It would take you over 6 weeks to finish counting this Pi poster to completion (assuming your eyes don’t give out). A great idea for math geeks, you can make every day Pi Day. Printed on high quality paper. Frame it for the home or office.

There is perhaps no living engineer more venerated than Elon Musk, whose ventures including Tesla and SpaceX have propelled us into an exciting new technology-powered world. This book will satisfy your engineer’s thirst for new career excitement and then some. Author Ashley Vance spent 40 hours in person with Musk and spoke to over 300 people who know him. This is the definitive book to get!

This super high quality metal puzzle is a perfect gift for that know-it-all engineer who loves a challenge. Can he or she figure out how to separate the metal cylinders and put them back together? Without any guides to help find the answer, it’s all in his or her own hands.

$9.33 USD
$15.99 USD

Keep your engineer’s mind bending every day of the year with this Mensa-approved set of 365 puzzles. Not just for math brains, it covers a wide variety of topics to keep him or her sharp.

$9.00 USD
$14.99 USD

Renown Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough tells the fascinating tale of the Brooklyn Bridge, from inception as a father and son enterprise to today — still standing as one of the world’s great engineering achievements. A book about more than bridge itself, McCullough gives the economic and social context to help readers see how important this bridge is to our modern world. The Great Bridge will give your engineer a renewed appreciation for the profession and its contribution to society. Also available on Audiobook.

$5.80 USD
$20.00 USD

The smart watch for active people, this Garmin model wins top acclaim for its lightweight but feature rich design including a GPS, pacer, workout routines, and more. It will collect all the data your engineer will ever need to geek out about his or her daily activity patterns. If your budget is tighter, check out our list of fitness tracker options under $50.

$394.99 USD
$499.99 USD

Does your engineer need some decor for the office? These prints are based on real Tesla patents and make a great accent to a workspace. Comes in a set of 6 8×10 prints on 100-year quality photo paper.

Every engineer needs a Galileo thermometer. This classic invention reads the temperatures as the different liquids in each bulb react to the surrounding air, rising or falling in the glass tube. We recommend this framed model to keep the glass a little extra secure for a long-lasting gift.

$34.95 USD
$34.95 USD

A great gift for anyone on your list who wants a respite from the world, these ingenious headphones are an especially great idea for an engineer. He’ll be fascinated by the technology that allows these small buds to block out so much noise. Perfect for commutes, airplanes or even noisy neighbors. The noise cancelling works even without music playing.

$249.00 USD
$249.00 USD

If you know a chemical engineer, look no further than these fun salt and pepper flasks. They’re also available for oil and vinegar. A great way to show your personality at the dinner table.

$14.50 USD
$14.88 USD

The ultimate modern engineer’s toy, a drone will keep him occupied and off the couch for hours. We recommend this Cheerwing model for its combination of price point and user satisfaction. Comes with a built in wi-fi camera.

$34.95 USD
$39.99 USD

Not only does it write, it measures, screws, levels and will act as a stylus. Your engineer will never leave the house without this nifty pen in his or her pocket. Comes in a tin box and ready to be wrapped.

$10.96 USD
$15.95 USD

These 359 math-focused puzzles will keep an engineer happy and occupied for days. A famous and popular book in the former Soviet Union, it contains many puzzles you’ve likely never seen before. Contains over 400 sketches that accompany the brain twisters.

$8.05 USD
$15.95 USD

If you’re looking for the extra personal touch, consider this high quality wood pen and case with an engineer’s emblem. A great gift idea for the office and something he or she will treasure for years.

$34.95 USD
$34.95 USD

Engineering Cheat Sheet T Shirt – Turn mathematical equations, engineer diagrams and even problem solving hints into a real fashion statement with this sporty tee. Your engineer will go nuts over this! Gets top marks from buys for fit and is available in a number of sizes.

$24.99 USD
$24.99 USD